Transcript for Current White House staffer caught up in Russia probe
In the meantime, the white house also dealing with another bombshell tonight. ABC news has learned that in the FBI investigation into possible collusion with the Russians before the election, investigators are now interested in someone currently working inside the white house. We knew they were interested in Michael Flynn, who resigned 24 days in. But now, the investigation continues. Pierre Thomas tonight. Reporter: Tonight, sources tell ABC news that investigators looking into whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and the Russians in the 2016 election are now interested in at least one staffer inside the white house. It's unclear what the exact focus is and officials declined to name the person. But the "Washington post" is reporting it is someone close to the president. Investigators have already been looking into retired general Michael Flynn, who lasted just 24 days as national security adviser. But now they say they are looking at someone still in the west wing. The Russia investigation has accelerated since general Flynn was forced to resign in February after allegedly lying to white house officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. After his forced resignation, president trump openly supported Flynn. Michael Flynn, general Flynn, is a wonderful man. Reporter: This week, the justice department turning the FBI investigation over to a special counsel. Yesterday at the white house, when asked by David Muir if he supports the idea of a special counsel, the president said, "I believe it hurts our country terribly." Trump insisting this is the "Single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history." The entire thing has been a witch hunt and there is no collusion between certainly myself and my campaign, but I can only speak for myself, and the Russians, zero. Reporter: The special counsel, former FBI director Robert Mueller is already at work for what is expected to be a sweeping probe. And a leading Republican on the hill suggesting the president is entitled to his opinion, but that he should honor the decision and cooperate. This, after being briefed by the man who decided to bring in the special counsel deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein. The takeaway I have is that everything he said was that you need to treat this investigation as if it may be a criminal investigation. Pierre, your sources telling you that James Comey is still preparing to testify? Do we know when that will happen? Reporter: He wants to testify, but with the appointment of a special counsel, it's unclear if he will testify next week. Pierre, thank you. At this hour, the president is in the air on his way to
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